The Council of Elders consists of the most experienced Garou in the sept. Usually, these Garou have attained at least Rank Four; most Elders in large caerns are Rank Five. These individuals hold the reins of power in the caern. With the exception of the Warder, whose word takes precedence during times of battle, the Council of Elders takes on the responsibility of leading the sept. They act as counselors, advisers, teachers, disciplinarians, and leaders. A smaller Sept might not have a council, but instead defer to single Sept Leader.